Study network widens horizons

Celtic and Scottish Studies students across the UK and beyond are forming a new network to share ideas about language and literature.

Students at the University hosted an event featuring leading Gaelic scholar John MacInnes to help launch the initiative.

Delegates included students from universities in Wales, Ireland and the Netherlands, as well as many from Edinburgh and other institutions in Scotland.

Building links

Topics discussed included research into current issues relating to the Gaelic language, such as how to develop bilingualism, as well as presentations on Gaelic folklore and literature.

Among the presentations was a talk on Henry Morris, considered to be among the foremost Irish folklorists, by Conal Mac Seáin from the University of Ulster, and the links between Scottish Gaelic and Scandinavian and Icelandic Literature by Duncan Sneddon from the University of Oxford.

Dr John MacInnes, an internationally recognised Gaelic scholar, who worked at the University’s School of Scottish Studies presented a lecture on his own extensive experience of folklore fieldwork in Gaelic communities.

Organiser Christopher Lewin, a third year Celtic Studies student, said he hopes it will develop links across the Celtic Studies student community.

It is hoped that an Association of Celtic Students will be formed as a result of this conference which will provide a way to build links between Celtic Studies students in different institutions, both academically and socially.

Christopher Lewin, Celtic Studies

Scholarly study of Celtic languages and literatures began at the University of Edinburgh in 1882 with the foundation of the Department of Celtic (the oldest in the country), while the School of Scottish Studies, dedicated to the recording and investigation of Scotland’s oral traditions, folklife, customs, and beliefs, was established in 1951.